There has been doubt cast over the future of an inquest into a Belfast postman who was murdered more than 10 years ago, a court heard.
Catholic Danny McColgan (20) was shot dead by the UDA as he arrived for work at a sorting office in the loyalist Rathcoole estate in January 2002.
A preliminary hearing in Mays Chambers, Belfast, heard that his family are seeking a judicial review of a funding decision by Justice Minister David Ford which could prevent their legal team reading all of the relevant inquest papers.
"It is a fundamental issue," barrister Fiona Doherty told the court.
An application for legal aid to fund the High Court challenge has been submitted and is awaiting approval by the Legal Services Commission.
Coroner John Leckey told the brief hearing he was not prepared to start the inquest until all parties had knowledge of all the relevant papers.
"It is fundamental that the team reads all the papers," said Mr Leckey.
Nobody has been convicted of the killing of the postman from north Belfast.